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September 2017

Gordon & Rees Partner Mercedes Colwin to Moderate "Views from the Bench" at ACI’s Employment Discrimination Litigation Conference

New York Partner Mercedes Colwin will moderate a panel of eight esteemed judges from across the country in a discussion "Views From the Bench Employment Discrimination Litigation" at the American Conference Institute's (ACI) 9th Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation on September 27, 2017 in New York City. The panel discussion will offer first hand insight on:

  • What works and doesn't work in voire dire, jury instructions and opening/closing statements.
  • Why employers succeed and don't succeed in discrimination litigation.
  • Novel trial and case management strategies.
  • Examples of good vs. bad lawyering, and how to connect with a jury.

This conference will provide an unparalleled opportunity to convene with expert in-house counsel as well as a faculty of renowned federal judges who will help you develop strategies needed to stay current on the latest issues and developments in the employment discrimination areas.

The ACI 9th Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Litigation Conference will be held at the Park Lane Hotel on September 26-27. For more information on this conference or to register, please click here.

Mercedes Colwin is the Managing Partner of Gordon & Rees's New York offices. She handles a wide variety of litigation including employment law, commercial litigation, products liability, civil rights violations and criminal law.  Ms. Colwin has successfully tried 49 cases to verdict in various jurisdictions throughout the nation and regularly defends executives from Fortune 500 companies charged with allegations of wrongdoing, including claims of sexual misconduct. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Colwin devoted several years in the public sector where she was a gubernatorial appointee as an Administrative Law Judge for the New York State Division of Human Rights. During her nine year service, while a partner at a major regional New York Law firm, she presided over three-thousand cases under the Federal and State antidiscrimination laws. Forbes Business American Airlines named Ms. Colwin one of the six most influential women in America's list that included former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Notre Dame Law School also presented Ms. Colwin with the prestigious Graciela Olivarez Award for her outstanding achievement as a leading Hispanic lawyer of the highest ethical and moral standards who exemplifies commitment to community service. Additionally, she was selected as one of the “Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” by Human Resource Executive Magazine. Widely regarded as one of the top national legal analysts for the FOX News Network, she appears to discuss critical legal issues and high profile cases dominating the news.


Mercedes Colwin